I live in rural Mexico, in the mountains. People have older pickups. A cousin has a 1976 Chevrolet. It looks at first glance as if it were dropped out of a low flying C-130. It is all beat to crud. The first time I saw that thing, I thought, Omigosh, what a piece of junk.
Fifteen years later, I wish I had one like it.
They put heavy duty springs on them, use tires with a heavier load rating, and routinely drag off a ton or more. Slowly. And, they go in the most unbelievable places with them.
When, not if, they break, they can fix anything. He has had the motor rebuilt every so many years. One strange problem is the turn signal mechanism in the steering wheel. There is a mechanic an hour away who can get the parts, but they only last about a year. They can get the rear tail light assemblies.
That thing as bad as it looks just keeps on going. Unbelievable.
However, that is not my question. I want eventually to buy a Ford F-150 dual cabin, which you can get here. The hard thing to get is an automatic transmission, because of my big feet. Clutching, especially on hills, is not easy with my feet.
He says automatics don’t last long. My observation is this is because they don’t change the fluid.
He also says Chevrolet pickups are much tougher, and stronger with heavy loads.
I dunno’. Does that make sense? I realize there are different models of both makes, but why would Chevrolet be tougher than Ford? Any ideas?